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Hellen's Group
In this Group: Hellen, Irene, Mary, Maria
Hellen's group is comprised of four hardworking women. Hellen is 21 years old and lives in the town of Mubende in the Mubende region of Uganda. She is single and has one child. For the past two years, Hellen has been working hard to manage her restaurant where she sells convenience foods.

To help expand her business, Hellen has requested a loan of 300,000 Ugandan Shillings from BRAC Uganda. The loan will be used to purchase Irish potatoes, cooking oil and charcoal for the restaurant, and will help Hellen to generate greater profits so that she can take care of her child and her family. Hellen hopes that, in the future, she will be able to build a residential house for herself.

Hellen is a member of BRAC's Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA) program. In addition to microfinance loans, the program provides both a safe place for young Ugandan women to take part in group activities, and a forum for life-skills training.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

This loan is part of BRAC Uganda's Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA) program geared toward helping young women realize their full potential. The comprehensive curriculum of the ELA program includes training in life skills and the creation of adolescent clubs for ELA participants to discuss social issues and play games. Older ELA members are offered training in specific income-generating activities and can receive microfinance loans to support their enterprises. The ELA program has expanded rapidly since the beginning of 2008. Today, there are over 1,000 adolescent clubs reaching more than 40,000 young women across Uganda.

About BRAC Uganda

This loan is administered by BRAC Uganda, a registered non-governmental organization (NGO) in Uganda that is also a part of the BRAC international network. BRAC Uganda attempts to address poverty through a holistic model, offering programs in education, health, water & sanitation, agriculture, and microfinance. BRAC Uganda’s microfinance program aims to provide the poor with easy, reliable, and efficient access to institutional financial services, and reaches over 150,000 families in Uganda. For more on BRAC Uganda, please see our partner page, and join our lending team, Friends of BRAC Uganda.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Uganda

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 190
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    Uganda Loans Fundraising
  • $31,415,275
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2,574.9
    Uganda Shillings (UGX) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Hellen's Group's $475 loan helped a member to purchase Irish potatoes, cooking oil and charcoal for the restaurant.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 20, 2013
Apr 24, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 17, 2014